The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 149: Raising Major and Planned Gifts in the Current Environment

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They discuss the challenges of raising major and planned gifts in the current environment, give advice on how to talk to donors and consider how they are feeling and faring during this time, and highlight different giving strategies that can benefit organizations and donors.

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Major Gifts: Defining and Enhancing Your Strategy

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Many organizations are embracing these coming-of-age fundraising strategies, but it may be to the detriment of what we’ve traditionally called “major gifts”. Benchmarking Major Gifts. Asking questions like “How large is a major gift at your organization?”

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How to Include Matching Gifts in Your Fundraising Plan

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A clear and well-planned fundraising strategy is key to successfully raising the funds you need and retaining more support year over year. The solution to enhancing your fundraising plan and increasing your fundraising capacity is simple: matching gifts.

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5 Ways Matching Gifts Can Turn Donors into Major Gift Donors

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As a nonprofit professional, you’re well aware of all the fundraising benefits of corporate matching gifts. But what you know may not know is that promoting matching gifts can also help cultivate donors into major donors. Reaching out to donors about matching gifts establishes trust.

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5 Research-Backed Lessons on Major Gifts Fundraising

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Does that mean that you don’t have any major gift prospects ? Let’s dig into a couple of key elements of the CES data and how they relate to major gifts, rather than philanthropy as a whole. 5 Research-Backed Lessons for Major Gifts.

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4 Keys for Attracting, Hiring and Retaining a Successful Major Gift Team

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You don’t raise funds just to meet goals. You raise funds to transform treatments, strengthen community health, educate clinical staff and so much more. Healthcare Nonprofit Marketing hiring Major gifts talent management

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Ensure Sustained Giving by Planned Gift Donors

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Did you know that more than 70% of people who have already made planned gifts also continue to make annual gifts to the organizations they’ve named in their estate plans?

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Community Foundations, Donor Advised Funds, and Cloud-based Technology – An Insider’s Look At This Winning Trifecta

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Just a few months ago, in November 2019, I sat on my front porch and made my donor-advised fund (DAF) grant recommendations via a donor portal within an app on my iPhone while simultaneously sipping a nice glass of wine.

Accounting for Development Gifts

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gifts in the future. Too often, however, nonprofit organizations focus only on getting gifts “in the door”, and don’t pay enough attention to how those gifts are actually put to use in the community.

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Budgeting for Your Company’s Matching Gifts Program

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At Blackbaud, we take a unique approach to our employee matching gift program, one that is popular amongst other corporate giving programs. For example, I highlight our matching gift program when disasters, both natural and man-made, strike.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide for Social Impact

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When budgets are small or time is running out, many people turn to Do-It-Yourself options for holiday gifts. This year, I thought about my options, and decided to try something a bit different: giving gifts that support others. community diy gifts local razoo

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Year-End Planning for Legacy Gifts Starts NOW!

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For the planned giving officer, it’s time to kick into high gear with marketing and gift-instruction reminders to your constituents. Send a personal letter to each of them that provides examples of how these special gifts move your mission forward.

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Why You Need to Broaden Your Organization’s Funding Horizons

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For all the attention paid to how nonprofits raise funds, there is very little public understanding about the practice of fundraising and the various income streams nonprofits rely on. Fundraising is the practice of securing charitable gifts.

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How to Identify the Right Partner for Employee Matching Gifts Programs

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One option is to direct all funding to a large nonprofit organization like the American Red Cross, Feeding America, Salvation Army, or others that have a broad reach. Social Good csr employee giving matching gifts

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The Major Gifts Advice You Majorly Need

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As nonprofiteers, we often focus on the seemingly “attainable” gifts that are less scary than the elephant…major gifts. With the proper expectations, cultivation and approach to making the ask, major gifts are also entirely attainable. Determine what a major gift means to you.

Enhancing Your Major Gift Fundraising Strategy with Analytics

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The role of these projects with all your programs and initiatives is to help you identify and strategize the right individuals and target audience for specific types of gifts , as well as how much to ask for and who to prioritize.

7 Essential Matching Gift Steps to Take in the New Year

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That’s the magic of matching gift programs, which enable companies to donate the same amount of money as their employees to eligible organizations. Research local companies with matching gift programs. Include matching gifts on your donation form. Employ a matching gift software.

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Inspiring “Gifts of Gratitude” in Healthcare

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Since the program started two and half years ago, the organization has received more than 970 gifts of gratitude and honored 428 caregivers. The program has increased the amount of funds raised and has experienced tremendous growth year after year; and 3. Get patient data daily, run through wealth screening and provide major gift officers a list of potential prospects to visit while in the hospital. Fundraising Major Gifts Planned Giving Stewardship Sustained Giving

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4 Keys to Engaging Employees in Your Company’s Matching Gifts Program

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But one of my favorite programs is what I’d call a building block of any give-back program – matching gifts. The company invests financially but puts the decision about where the funds go in the hands of employees. And it’s what I’ve seen unfold at Blackbaud after we launched our matching gift program. Culture – Matching gifts on their own without a culture that cares about giving back are just another program.

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Taking Major Gifts Online: Tactics for Going Digital

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Like many organizations, we worked in silos and the Director of Major Gifts wanted nothing to do with online strategy because it wouldn’t count towards her goal. This is a way for you to put a face to the donors behind the crucial dollars the fund your work.

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From Coast to Coast: How Healthcare Organizations are Handling the Outpouring of Support and In-Kind Gifts

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I often tell my healthcare clients that gifts of time and talent are just a prec ious as the financial ones. How do we communicate our needs, accept these gifts graciously and safely , and keep these connections strong after the crisis has passed?

A View From the Other Side of the Table

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Readers of this blog may recall that I recently mused about needing to get an Annual Fund pledge in before Creighton’s June 30 fiscal year-end. The gift officer noted its longevity, while I mildly joked about its somewhat paltry level. I would love to hear your gift upgrade stories.

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Why Nonprofits Need to Broaden Their Funding Horizons

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For all the attention paid to how nonprofits raise funds, there is very little public understanding about the practice of fundraising and the various income streams nonprofits rely on. Fundraising is the practice of securing charitable gifts.

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Securing Your Patients’ Next Gifts with Donor Welcome Kits

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Where it gets difficult is securing the second and successive gifts. . R ecency e ffects : As time goes on, memory of care at the hospital fades, reducing the stimulus that contributed to the first gift and would contribute to a possible second gift; .

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Donor-Advised-Fund Tool Sends Gifts Directly to Charities - Online Fundraising - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

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Donor-Advised-Fund Tool Sends Gifts Directly to Charities - Online Fundraising - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : Donor-Advised-Fund Tool Sends Gifts Directly to Charities By Holly Hall Charities can now make it easier for donors to make gifts from donor-advised funds by using a simple application on the nonprofits’ Web site.

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The Gift of Reading, a Circle of Life

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That’s why a group of Benetech supporters recently came together to give the gift of reading in honor of our long-time board member Jim Kleckner. With the Skoll Foundation’s support, your gift will have far more impact on our users around the world.

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10 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits

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As a follow-up to 25 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofit s , below are 10 holiday gift programs that benefit nonprofits. Gifts range from symbolic adopt-an-acre of a national park gifts to funding a classroom project in a low-income community.

“Getting Real” with Donors: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy for Securing Unrestricted Gifts

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In fact, I would argue they are the ideal opportunity for a donor to prove his or her commitment to your organization’s mission and these sort of gifts should be celebrated and recognized to the utmost extent. Too often nonprofits cloak fundraising for general operating funds with fundraising in the name of a new building or a new educational program. But what if there was a way to inspire donors to make unrestricted gifts?

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19 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits

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As follow-up to 29 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofits , below are 19 nonprofits that are offering symbolic gifts and adoptions this holiday season. Assured to make an impact, the gift programs listed below are meaningful gifts for family and friends of any age.

Soliciting Funds From the Crowd? Results Will Vary - NYTimes.com

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Soliciting Funds From the Crowd? Individual artists have been soliciting donations from the public for years, using Internet fund-raising platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Razoo to defray the costs of producing their work. Museums, long reliant on corporate sponsorships, gifts and bequests, have been more hesitant to raise funds digitally because the substantial commitment of staff time required for such campaigns does not always produce a big financial win

Are Employee Matching Gift Programs Really Engaging Your Staff?

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It’s common for companies with corporate philanthropy initiatives to have employee matching gifts programs. Some matching gift programs succeed in increasing employee engagement and making employees feel more connected and proud of their company.

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Getting Creative with Online Fundraising: 10 Campaigns Using Mission Inspired Gifts aka Gift Catalogues

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Mission inspired gifts specifically, or using ecommerce to allow supporters to “purchase” certain tangible objects that reflect what funds are used for in supporting an organization’s mission, have proven to be an effective way of harnessing these elements in raising funds online.

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Bookshare Creates Opportunities For Gifted Students

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students, Steffon says downloading from the collection helps him gather his required texts and recreational reading without eating into his limited funds. I talk a lot about how technology can help create tremendous educational opportunities for students with print disabilities.

Give up a Gift for Africa

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To do this we decided that every Christmas we would replace a stocking stuffer gift with a donation to a charity on Belle’s behalf, teaching her to give up something of her own to help children less fortunate. For more information about Give up a Gift for Africa please visit.

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Online Fundraising and 3 Reasons to Start a Recurring Gift Program

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Make sure to check out his upcoming webinar where Bill will talk about Making the Most of Recurring Gifts with The Raisers Edge — 2/22/12 @ 2pm ET — Register Now ! The concept of recurring gifts is simple. You’ll even learn about recurring gift management in The Raiser’s Edge.

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Is Social Media the Fund Development Professional’s Magic Bullet?

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Increasingly, board members are looking to development staff to devise a plan using social media to increase gift income. And consultants are hotly debating the role of social media in a fund development plan. The post Is Social Media the Fund Development Professional’s Magic Bullet?

To Analyze or Not to Analyze… That is the Question

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Or you continue managing in your portfolio, the same major gift and planned gift prospects and don’t see any additional prospects to fill in your pipeline that have identified potential or inclination. If this sounds like your organization, then it may be time to do some sort of analysis of your database to help uncover some potential upgrades to your annual fund and major/planned gift prospects to assign and qualify in your portfolios.

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Writing Appeals – Dare to be Different

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Success in having major gift prospects comes from having a good annual fund. … Annual Fund Direct Mail Fundraising fundraising appeals Major gifts

22 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofits

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All that said, when doing your shopping this year, please be conscious of the power of your spending and put your dollars to work for good by purchasing from any of the 22 online gift stores that benefit nonprofits – especially on #GivingTuesday. SERRV Fair Trade Online Gift Store.

From Year 1 to Year 2: The Importance of Retaining First Gifts

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One would think that after making such an investment of time and precious funds in these new donors, retention would be a top priority – wrong. The Trial Gift. The first gift a donor makes is called a trial gift, kind of like a trial purchase.

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Identify, Track, and Analyze Gifts with New Grants Management on EveryAction

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Organizations need a structured and effective way of following their grants throughout the grant's lifecycle so they can easily manage this very important revenue stream and track these funds in the same place as major gifts and other sources of revenue. Many nonprofits receive anywhere from 10-90% of their revenue from foundation grants. These contributions are typically high dollar grant awards that come from foundations, corporations, or the government.

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Why You Should Stop Relying on Grants to Fund Your Nonprofit

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If you’re thinking about starting a nonprofit and the plan is to use grants alone to get it funded—think again. So many first-timers think grants are the way to go as their main funding source. Fund it yourself.

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Avoid a Crash Landing: Plan Now for Year-End Success

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I recently had an opportunity to read a couple of my fellow … Annual Fund Direct Mail Major Gifts end of year fundraising

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